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Using the research room - Using our collections

Student consulting card catalog

Our reference staff will be happy to help you throughout your visit to the research room. Individuals in need of access assistance or auxiliary aids and services are asked to contact the Historical Society prior to their visit. 

  • Collections on microfilm and a small collection of reference books are shelved in the reading room and are self-service. All other collections are kept in a closed stacks and pulled by our pages upon request. We do not check out any of our collections, although microfilm is sent out on loan to other libraries.
  • Researchers should search both our card catalogs and online catalogs to identify the items they need. The staff can show you how to fill out call slips to request items to be pulled.
  • The completed call slips go to the retrieval desk staff, who will bring the items to you at the reading tables in the middle of the room.
  • If you would like photocopies of print items, request them at the retrieval desk and the staff will make the copies for you. If there are a large number of photocopy requests, it may be necessary for us to complete your copies after you have left. We can mail paper copies or scan and email digital copies to you.
  • We allow the use of digital cameras without flash by researchers, but please ask staff first for instructions on handling the materials while you photograph them.
  • Self-service coin-operated reader-printers are available to make copies from microfilm for 25 cents per page. The retrieval desk staff can make change for the copiers.

Researching at the State Archives & LibraryThe following links provide additional information about using the research room: